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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-11-06

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-11-06

Topics Live concert

Candyman, Uncle John's Band, Attics of My Life, Drums and Phil Don't Ease Me In, Deep Elem Blues, Dark Hollow, Friend Of The Devil, The Rub, Black Peter, El Paso, Brokedown Palace> Uncle John's Band Casey Jones, Me and My Uncle,
King Bee,
China Cat> Jam> I Know You Rider, Truckin', Candyman, Sugar Magnolia, Drums> Good Lovin'> Drums> Main Ten> Drums> Good Lovin'> Alligator-> Drums-> Jam> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Mountain Jam> Not Fade Away-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Port Chester, NY

Source Audience
Lineage Sony TC-110 with built-in microphone > Cass > Reel > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by Ken Leigh and Dave Tamarkin
Transferred by Jack Warner


-- Acoustic set through 1:50 of El Paso, entire electric set is MAC>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN, from Ken Leigh's master, recorded from the center loge with a Sony TC-110 cassette deck with built-in microphone
-- Uncle John's Band and NRPS set is MAC>C>R>D>CD>EAC>SHN, from Ken Leigh's master
-- From 1:50 of El Paso through 0:03 of Uncle John's Band is MAC>R>D>CD>EAC>SHN, from Dave Tamarkin's master, recorded from the floor with a Sony Dictaphone

-- There are some small master glitches ~1:30 of Black Peter.
-- The Tamarkin master is fairly brutal, but it's the only tape which supplies the end of El Paso and Brokedown Palace. There is some serious tape warble on these tunes, and there is some very bad tape crackle between songs, which I have removed where possible without touching the music. Listener beware! For completists only.
-- There is a master tape flip at 6:14 of All I Ever Wanted. Very little music seems to be missing. I have smoothed the cut.
-- There is a master glitch at 2:37 of Candyman.
-- There are a few level fluctuations in Candyman.
-- There is a master tape flip after Candyman. No music is missing.
-- The Easy Wind which has circulated with this date has been determined to be from July 10, 1970, and, as such, has not been included here. Based on the tapes, it does not seem that Easy Wind was played this evening.
-- There is a small master glitch at 4:03 of Drums following Good Lovin'.
-- From Dave Tamarkin's recollection, there is a broken string which accounts for the break after Good Lovin'. The electric set was one long set, not two sets as it has sometimes circulated in the past.
-- There is a master tape flip at 7:30 of Lovelight. Very little music seems to be missing. I have smoothed the cut.


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2015
Subject: --
From Alligator > Lovelight is absolutely astonishing '70 Dead. It's fun, it's authentic as hell, it makes you giddy....but let's not confuse people into thinking there is anything crystal-clear about this recording - you have to settle in on this one with headphones. After recently revisiting this one, it really is better than I remember it being, however. Good Lovin' has one of those amazing jams out of drums.
Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2014
Subject: Amazing Show
Regarding the comments like "not a good example," "barely makes it because of a bad tape," "barely listenable," "bad sound quality," etc.

WAKE UP. It is an audience from 1970. It is actually a VERY good AUD for this period. Sure, everyone would like perfect quality for every performance, but this one is imminently listenable and I am very, very glad to have it available.

But, you know, there are so darn many SBDs from summer and fall of 1970, and I can see how these folks might say "Heck, I don't want another 80 minute jam with the Main Ten, Alligator, Mountain Jam, and Caution from 1970-- I have too many of those. And I have too much Pigpen on Harmonica too."

Complainers: Gimme a break. This is seminal stuff from the last half of 1970. 1970. 1970. I'm sure the fidelity is better when you listen to "I Will Take You Home" on your iPod, but I'll take this AUD anyway, thanks.

The last string has spectacular jams all through it. Hugely enjoyable.

This one gets 5 stars from me: No doubt it is in the top 20% of shows on here. The playing is superb and we are very lucky to have an AUD recording this good of it.
Reviewer: DoseMeister - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2014
Subject: Must hear Lovelight
Keeping it brief: sound quality is lousy. Listenable with EQ. must hear this Lovelight. Pig's rap is unique in the history of the Dead as far as I am aware. Bobby encourages him to tell the audience about the bear which leads into a one-of-a-kind Pig-stravaganza.

Cool stuff.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2014
Subject: capitol
Casey Jones through Good Lovin' is the early show.
Late show is archetypal as usual in Port Chester.
Reviewer: reviewr - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2014
Subject: Fair for '70
Some real sound problems. I know how sometimes ones ears need to get used to some AUDs, but this isn't a good example.

The performance is only fair for 1970. The Alligator through Lovelight has some interesting jams, but there are better shows for the year. And lots better in other years.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2013
Subject: -
Barely makes it, due to a really bad tape, and most of the set isn't spectacular either.
Reviewer: cloudsplitter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2011
Subject: The breeze stopped to listen in..
Not the best recording but still great nonetheless. I just love these early concerts of Jer and the boys playing acoustic. Then he comes out on pedal steel for the New Riders and plays great. There's something nostalgic about it, even if it isn't the best quality.
Reviewer: SkyDawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2010
Subject: Capitol Theatre Magic
I would be hard pressed to pick a show from 1970 played at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY that wasn't either great or mind-bending. I don't know what was in the water there, but these shows are amazing!

The whole second set is especially amazing! I love these Capitol Theatre shows from 1970! The band at a great peak time!
I only hope that a Ken & Judy Lee source of this show becomes available of this show!
That being said, this is essential Grateful Dead. A Five Star show for sure. The sound is a four at best, but five stars seems only right considering sound and performance.
Check out 11/8/70 too!
Reviewer: Smerdyakov - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2010
Subject: SBD killed the AUD
I remember a time when SBDs were the exception not the rule.

That being said this show is what it was/is all about!! A great recording of a radioactive show. The jamming here is indefinable.
Reviewer: Norman Clegg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2008
Subject: KILLER material to be found here....!!
Nice AUD recording, with some essential material.....

As a whole, I prefer this show to the better-known concert on the 8th. While the entire show is VERY strong, "Alligator" thru "Lovelight" is ESSENTIAL 1970-vintage Dead. The thunderous closing of "Lovelight" will SLAM you to your knees, begging for more. CLASSIC Grateful Dead, at the peak of their powers!!!!
Reviewer: comsic charlie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2008
Subject: great acoustic set
The Acoustic set made my hair stand on end, great stuff. The quality of the Acoustic set is not good but with a good equalizer you can eliminate some low end and high end noise. There is a switch from one recording to another between songs when the crowd is clapping that was done wonderfully. The Electric set has good quality so don't be turned off by the first sets quality
Reviewer: blang16 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2008
Subject: rip roarin show
This show is absolutely rip roaring. Yea the sound is a little fuzzy at times, but honestly you're so caught up in the power of the playing, that at least I don't care a bit. Everything here smokes. Powerful versions of Good Lovin.,Caution,Alligator,and then a great jam called Waggin his tail. (I know I know...out of order...tough, I'm rambling)

Plus one of my favorite versions ofCandman, and a beautiful Lovelight.

This show doesn't let up, there's not a down moment from start to finish.
Reviewer: trapper9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2008
Subject: You do have to like auds
To appreciate this, and even by aud standards the quality ranges from 2 to 4 stars. But it's such a great show. And I happen to like auds, so ...
Reviewer: SKYBONE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2007
Subject: unlistenable?
hardly, this show is rippin! sure it doesn't sound like a 89 board, but it sounds like a 68 board and its an aud. we're lucky this survived the ravages of time at all. get it for king bee and alligator if nothing else.

Reviewer: Stargazin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2006
Subject: yes
this is a great sounding recording. Thanks Ken and Dave!
Totally sick show. Love the audience clapping in The Main Ten. What are you waiting for? Dowload the entire run at the Capitol Theater
Reviewer: Mohawk Nation - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2006
Subject: Fabulous AUD for 1970
Pigpen shoulda been a superstar, man.....yeah, the bass is boomy and the upper end is hissy, but what the hell - it's 1970 and Pigpen is in unbelievable form this night. If you have a SBD, great. If not, download this one. 5 stars for performance, 3 for sound (it's not even all that bad).
Reviewer: VA slim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2005
Subject: don't pass up forth disc...
sound isn't bad at all for an audience, especially considering the magnitude of these portchester shows, and the fact that there are no boards available as of yet.

i was looking for 'gators and knew the 11-8 show was hot, then i remembered this was the show with the 'mountain' jam in it, & i was sold.

i'm only grabbing the 4th disc as of now; -that's where the HEAT is, and to my ears it is an excellent audience.

apparently there is a different source on the first half of the show, so previous reviewers which bashed the quality might not have made it to the second source.

Start listening with alligator at the beginning of disc four, then tell me this is horrible quality---NOT!

This 4th disc of jamming is NOT to be missed!
Reviewer: cicadelic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2005
Subject: Sound Check Rarity
wow, includes a sound check for the show-Uncle Johns Band, Candyman, and Attics, what a fine rarity.....and the rest of the live show is great....long live the Capitol Theatre shows,would be great if there was better tapes for the runs there and put them out on dicks picks....
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavorite - June 5, 2005
Subject: Sound a bummer
Cannot give this show a high mark as this is barely listenable. Have no doubt this rocked but find a better copy...
Reviewer: ming - favoritefavorite - April 8, 2005
Subject: Sound quality gave me a headache
(2 stars reflects sound)
5 Stars??? If it were my first show, I may tolerate this, and while the performance certainly deserves a higher rating , this recording, like so many other 4&5-star audiences, is quite unlistenable. I just don't get it.
But I will state the obvious in saying this deserves 5 stars WAY before any of the most pristine soundboards post 1991.
Reviewer: davmar77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2005
my brother took me to this was my 1st official time seeing them,not including a few minutes at expo 67.i brought a portable with me but only got the acoustic set not knowing how long they'd play and that i'd need new batteries.the above show includes a song and a half from my tape that was missed by ken would have been worth it just for the closing jam.
Reviewer: wlmtell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2005
Subject: Hardhat Not Required--(just be hardcore)
This is the last truly great Pigpen show.
Would we like a vault edition? Of course. Where's the Bear...? Very safe in his State vault.
After sampling the earlier tunes in the set my d/l began at the Good Lovin' where the mojo finds its hand. And if starting there this is a very* good audience tape from the fabulous Capitol Theatre where some of the finest performances from 1970 live on thanks to Use your EQ, strap on your headphones, buckle up with your favorite flight attendant and enjoy! The Rhythm Devils' tone, particularly from Alligator > Waggin' Jam with Jerry's snap-crackle soloing, establishes a constant bubbling goo pushing/pulling/ stretching and making the whole thing congeal like a grateful soup that bursts through the newly forming classics of NFA > GDTR...and Mtn. Jam > Caution, lest we forget the primal source of it all. How often in '70 do we get to hear Pig on harp blowin' hard on this deep groove as tho he were still all big and fat? Timeless Raging Caution > !!!! 'Beware the bear...' little girls. No chopped song tails. Happy gators one and all, if deadicated. Just jump right on into the swamp.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavorite - December 12, 2004
Subject: bad sound quality
i know guys.....they are playing great....but this sound is awful a dictaphone? come on--
Reviewer: drewstar11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2004
Subject: Another must have show!
This whole run is spectacular, this show is IMHO the best. The tremendous power of the jams is really mind-boggling! This show along with 6-24-70 help remind me how much fun Jerry was having as he was becoming a LEGEND, before being one became an anchor. Really a must listen. You can hear the smile on his face.
Reviewer: Susep - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2004
Subject: Improv
Searing leads in Jam out of Alligator. Crowd gets into it, a very intimate moment but not of quietness. Tribal rythyms with Garcia's guitar popping, connecting, expressing IT.
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